Some of these sound very valid (Lotus of Siam and frozen custard, for example) but I have to say that some of them sound, well, not worth the effort. Chop suey sandwich? Waffle House (bleh)? And I’m not sure what’s different/better about Lenten fish fry in Ohio vs. (for instance) southern Louisiana, a very historically Catholic area where Lenten fish fry is a huge tradition. Southern Louisiana is also a fantastic place to eat a lot of things you won’t get in other parts of the US, by the way.
Although I will never again eat at a Waffle House, there is one interesting fact about the chain. They have a dedicated emergency response unit that they dispatch immediately to reopen any of their stores that have been closed by a natural (or other) disaster, and the local Waffle House is often among the first businesses to reopen after hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Right after Hurricane Ida, as Mr. travelmad478 and I were pinballing from one evacuation location to another while waiting for the power to come back on at our house in New Orleans, we ran into the Waffle House disaster response crew at a hotel in Gulfport, MS. I talked to them and heard the whole story, including the existence of the “Waffle House index” as a gauge of the severity of disasters.
Thanks for your input.
I live in Canada, and another poster mentioned she would be interested in hearing about my list of foods I want to try.
I haven’t been to Louisiana since 1998, and I didn’t go during Lent. I don’t think I will ever visit Louisiana during Lent.
Ohio is a 2 hour drive from where I live. That’s why it’s likely I will try a fish fry in Ohio. Plus, I like Lake Erie yellow perch a lot more than I like catfish.
Catfish is one of my 3 least favourite finfishes. Catfish, basa and tilapia. Blech. I have enjoyed some blackened redfish, and other fish in the South, I realize it’s not all catfish, but I would think the fish fry probably involves catfish.
I loved my week in Louisiana. I still use my 3 cookbooks from Louisiana, and I also have cookbooks from Georgia.
I am not putting down Louisiana by saying I want to visit Ohio. Ohio is more convenient for me.
It won’t be on a single trip. It’s a list of dishes to check off on multiple trips, eventually!
Realistically, when I visit the States, it tends to be 4 days in NYC / Boston/ DC , 4 day road trip to a wedding in Ohio or PA, a 7 to 10 day road trip, or a 7 day ski trip. I’ve made one Alaskan Panhandle Cruise, 2 cross continent train rides, one 13 day trip to Maui, Kauai and Oahu, and multiple March Break road trips and trips for conferences.
I do seek out specific regional dishes when I visit.
I’m mostly curious about dishes other people want to try when they visit various places.
I’m not really too interested in people telling me not to seek out a Chop suey sandwich in Maine or an Iowa pork tenderloin sandwich.
I visited the States a fair amount in the first 46 years of my life. I think I’ve travelled to or through 46 States, and stayed overnight in at least 38 States. I’ll have to look at a map to figure out which states I need to spend more time visiting. I haven’t stayed overnight in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, or Mississippi. I’ve only spent 2 nights in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
When you’re in Ohio (born & grew up there) I hope you try Cincinnati Chili if you have not had that already. And I whole-heartedly agree with you about lake perch! It was the only fish I ever knew until I married a guy from Massachusetts and moved here with him.
I loved my very short stay in Miami. We went for Peruvian dinner and a tapas dinner. I wish we had gone for Cuban food. I did enjoy some cortaditos.
I didn’t get to eat in Tampa. I had a good Greek lunch in Tarpon Springs. Greek priest sitting at the next table.